For 1,968 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Raging Bull
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
1,968 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    As B-level suspensers go, though, The Return isn't actively awful -- just slow and cursed with a lead who acts with her t-shirt.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    One could forgive a budget this threadbare, performances this amateurish, a plot this tortuous if the 3-D effects passed the cool test. Sadly, watching ''Adventures" is an experience akin to seeing the world through dung-colored glasses.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    In Made of Honor, the leads are beautiful and everyone else is a freak. So where does that leave us?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    Inside Amelia is a sharp idea struggling to get out: How does a woman marketed to the public as a star turn herself back into a human being? And at what cost?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    There are really only two kinds of big-budget action movies: stupid, and good and stupid. Surprisingly, XXX: State of the Union is good and stupid, which makes it an immediate improvement over 2002's meatheaded "XXX."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The greater embarrassment is that so many millions of dollars have been wasted on an entertainment that feels so smug, so pointless, and so thunderously empty.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    I'm not the first observer, or even the second, to liken the star's (Penn) portrayal of fictional Louisiana governor Willie Stark to the late John Belushi's impersonation of Joe Cocker.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    All that's missing is coherence. Call it Blunderbuss Satire.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    That this witless, formulaic sequel to the hit comedy Analyze This even dares to spoof ''The Sopranos'' is embarrassing. It's like Freddie Prinze Jr. slamming Gene Hackman as a bad actor.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    The Duke is not only name-checked in passing, but Eckhart (who's excellent) even bears a squinty resemblance by the final scenes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    The film is a disquieting and often very funny examination of yuppie unease in the country. The problem is, it's disguised as a dopey suspense thriller.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    The film was conceived as a youthful tour of all that's wrong with the two-party system, with the likably shambling actor Philip Seymour Hoffman as host, but the breadth of subjects covered precludes any response other than nebulous discontent.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Only God Forgives is the kind of remarkable disaster only a very talented director can make after he finds success and is then allowed to do whatever he wants.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The movie demands you be a glutton for sensation and then has the nerve to ask why you're not hungrier.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    W.E., her second effort after 2008's "Filth and Wisdom,'' tries awfully hard. In the end it tries our patience.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Abandon is this CLOSE to being good, juicy, bad-movie fun.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    When all is said and done, the movie's a steaming plate of corn -- and, indeed, that's part of the pleasure. Myles, though, delivers a fine comic performance with no strings attached.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Short, cheap, weird, and passably diverting.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    If the director had brought any toughness of perspective - or at least the self-lacerating humor of 2002's "Igby Goes Down,'' still the reigning champ of screwed-up-Manhattan-prepster films - we might be able to digest George's follies without cringing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    This frantic farce about a married couple whose video frolic goes viral would be much less bearable without the topspin Segel imparts to even his silliest dialogue. But he looks hollow-eyed and gaunt, like a man starving himself to prove a point. I want the old, lumpy Jason Segel back. Eat, bubbe, eat.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    Fly Me to the Moon is a crummy movie for kids, yet it still holds out the prospect of past wonders and future marvels. It's one small step for a housefly, one giant leap for 3-D.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Perhaps because Campbell is a purist at heart, My Name Is Bruce is as awful as anything he has done - a broadly silly gore comedy in which no gag is too cartoonish to be indulged in at least once and preferably three times.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    As for the movie itself, it's tolerable.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    "Prison isn't all that different from a nightclub,'' comments Alig toward the end. Funny; this movie isn't all that different from prison.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    When it’s time for the hot sex scene between Timberlake’s ambitious Richie Furst and Rebecca (Gemma Arterton), his boss’s luscious second-in-command, the encounter is as charmless and chemistry-free as the wooden banter that has led up to it. I’ve had dentist’s appointments that were sexier.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It's another one of those loud, penis-obsessed bro farces, lazily written (by actor Seth Rogen, among others) and haphazardly directed.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Old story, new beat: That sums up Feel the Noise, an acceptable if resolutely average low-budget drama set in the New York/Puerto Rican musical melting pot known as reggaeton.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    Everyone has piled into this dumber, sillier, more consistently funny reprise with an enthusiasm that’s infectious, and not in a low-grade medical way.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A well-made, reasonably diverting night at the multiplex that will seem overly familiar to everyone except teenage girls.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A fully felt, decently crafted teen B-movie melodrama, plenty preposterous in places but alive to the vibrant miseries of being young and misunderstood.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Nothing in How to Lose Friends feels fresh or on target.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    For a movie to pretend, in the face of the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqi men, women, and children directly or indirectly caused by our presence there, that we can wage war without anyone really getting hurt isn't naive, or wishful thinking, or a jim-dandy way to spend a Saturday night at the movies. It's an obscenity.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    2 1/2 hours of tumescence disguised as a motion picture.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    The Host will make perfect sense to 12-year-old girls, while their college-age sisters will probably laugh themselves sick and their mothers will look at Hurt and wonder when he got so old.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    Isn't for the kiddies. It probably isn't for anyone not interested in the darkest corners of the human psyche.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    We haven't had a good Frankenstein, Dracula, or Wolf Man movie in a long time, so here's one where the whole gang shows up. One catch: It's not good.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Unfunny, predictable, and vulgar, it’s the generic equivalent of a Judd Apatow movie. As always, you get what you pay for.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Ty Burr
    Proficiently filmed and utterly uninspired.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    The longer it takes for the eldritch glop to hit the fan, in fact, the less true the movie may be to King. For better and for worse, Dreamcatcher is true to King.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    At nearly two hours, Mirrors is overlong for a summer horror toss-off, and the movie's three or four false endings make it seem even more of a haul.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    There have been plenty of movies adapted from video games before, but Hitman may be the first one that actually feels like a computer wrote and directed it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Primeval is a hoot if you're in the mood, though, and it gets points for trying to stuff a little globo-think into the minds of Friday night mayhem fans (who will probably rebel, since only one skull pops like a grape).
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Ghost Rider is the kind of movie that's great stupid fun as long as someone else is buying the tickets.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Picture Timberlake in the booth recording his lines and you have the best joke in the movie. Everything else is actively painful, a frenetic, unfunny mix of action, romance, dud dialogue, and icky things popping out of the screen.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Hirschbiegel and Watts don’t have the nerve for camp. Even a scene of a rejected Diana back at Kensington, forlornly playing Bach at her piano while mascara streams down her face, is played gloomily straight.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Bewitched presents a phony and cynical look at how Hollywood might make or remake a television show. It's as grating, laughless, and narcissistic (though, to its credit, not as cruel) as that new Lisa Kudrow show-within-a-show-within-a-show, "The Comeback."
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The Messengers is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Ghosts is better-than-average McConaughey swill, but not by much - that's its pleasure and its curse.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    You feel like you're not watching the end of the world but the end of a career.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It is spectacularly average. Neither an inspired reimagining nor a painful dud,
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Any good will the movie generates, though, is grated right back off by Black, whose obnoxiousness has lost whatever charm it once possessed.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Noisy, silly, gratingly upbeat, and piously sentimental, 'Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is what passes for wholesome family entertainment these days. It's the sort of movie to send small children and grandparents out of the theater hugging each other and strong men in search of bourbon.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Completely unnecessary but painless, like dentistry performed by mimes.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    So, yea, it is a stinker. But it is prophesied that in six months time you shall come across 10,000 B.C.’ in the land of Pay-Per-View. And you shall say: ‘‘Pass the popcorn.’’
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    In Undead, sadly, rigor mortis has set in.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Writer-director Liz W. Garcia depicts Leigh’s quandary with a heavy hand that gets heavier as the movie goes on, ending with one of those portentous freeze-frames that worked in “The 400 Blows” and never since.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Equilibrium just happens to be a really bad comic book.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    As such things go, it’s not bad: slick and proficient, The Stepfather 2.0 gets the adrenaline pumping, but the original has the brains.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It's a disappointingly limp small-town farce played several shades too broadly by a cast that has done better work elsewhere.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It's a surprisingly joyless mash-up of every bit of fanboy flotsam floating around in its maker's cranium.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    One of those sticky dramas.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Flatters its audience by dividing the grown-up world into mean idiots and nice idiots, which might be interestingly subversive if the movie had anything on its mind. Instead, it's just a Hollywood crash course: Heist Films 101.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    RV
    RV has teeth -- more teeth than the last few Steve Martin films, anyway -- but it's terrified to bite down, knowing that the paying audience would feel it more than anyone.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Watching the movie is a little like picking up issue #42 of a comic book after you've skipped the first 41: There's an entire back story mythos hovering in the background like a phantom limb.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The unforced cleverness of the opening scenes gives way to lazy plotting, awkwardly staged musical numbers, and car chases. By the end, the movie resembles just another formulaic, family-friendly piece of product, one the kids will enjoy and you’ll endure as it goes in the DVD player for the 40th time.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    How can you tell the target age for Superhero Movie is exactly 13 1/2 years? Because most of the jokes are Internet-related.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The feel-bad movie of the summer.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    In a better movie -- a much better movie -- LaBeouf might make the same sort of impact Dustin Hoffman did in ''The Graduate.'' But the kid's young. There are movies to come.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Taking wobbly aim at our country's complicated love affair with guns, the movie's the very definition of a cheap shot.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Dreadful.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Shabbily filmed, thoroughly harmless Official Product.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The film eventually collapses under the weight of its no-budget arrogance, but it goes some interesting places beforehand.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Panettiere, I’m sad to report, is a dud as the title character, a supposed wild thang who never rises above the level of runty, obnoxious mall chick, down to the roll-on tan.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    A loud but proficient slab of explode-o-rama summer blockbuster nonsense, perfectly entertaining if you like that sort of thing, extremely skippable if you don't.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    The exact cinematic equivalent of a classic Bob Dylan song. It's also proof that what is towering genius in one medium can go insanely wrong in another.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The bad news, for those looking forward to The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause with anything like enthusiasm, is this: Bernard the Elf is history.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Worse than junk, in fact. Beyond Borders so trivializes the plight of the world's displaced peoples that it becomes actively obnoxious.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Genially terrible, Lost is lazy, sloppy multiplex filler, good for a few solid giggles and not much more.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    After "Gothika " and "Catwoman ," a viewer has to wonder: Why does this woman keep making thrillers if she can't bring herself to be thrilled?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    The most painful movie so far in a year that's already scraping the bottom of the barrel, Your Highness is a tedious, dung-colored misfire that sullies the genre of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "The Princess Bride."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    A weirdly airless disaster, a turkey so insistently DOA that the dialogue serves as its own epitaph.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Despite exotic locations, epic cinematography, and much spectacular crash and bang, this "Mummy" feels like a threadbare toss-off.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Goldsman takes Helprin’s book — a work overflowing with events, ideas, characters, passions — and pounds away at it until all that’s left is mush.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    If most December movie releases are epic-length and Oscar-ambitious, then Punisher: War Zone has to be considered Hobbesian counterprogramming: It's nasty, brutish, and short.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The movie's cleverest idea is to give the Octopus identical clone henchmen with names like Phobos, Logos, and Huevos, all played by Louis Lombardi with a marvelous fat-boy idiot grin.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    This third go-round for the "Wolf Pack" doesn't bother to Xerox the original 2009 hit comedy, as 2011's witless "Hangover 2" did. Instead, the new movie heads in different, if utterly formulaic, directions. So it's not terrible. It's just bad.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Sanctimonious claptrap -- an inert pageant of waxen figures that fails completely as drama even as it insults the sensibilities of anyone not clinging to rosy memories of the slave-era South.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Has the distinction of being much dumber and pulpier than the comic book on which it's based -- the ink practically comes off on your fingers as you watch it.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    JUST worth your children's time, and hardly worth yours.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Teenage boys will be in heaven. All others: Check, please.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Stands to delight small children while probably causing their parents' heads to cave in.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Ty Burr
    The movie is too blatant a throwback to crass '80s teen fodder to really work.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    A film of singularly boneheaded conceits, Butterfly is populated by, and appears to have been made by, stoned college dudes more hung up on oh-wow twists than the need to make sense.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The bottom line: Any movie that gives Jonathan Winters work is doing something right.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    A dull little PG-rated spook story for tweener girls.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Earnest and predictable, Crossover deserves more than the horselaughs that will probably greet it in theaters -- but not a lot more. The movie is harmless, which is both its strength and its weakness.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Never quite as dumb as "Harold & Kumar," but it's nowhere near as smart, and that's what kills it.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    Faris is delightful, in fact, and she steals the movie right out from under Schneider.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    You've seen New in Town before, and you've seen it done better. Still, it's a sweet-hearted bit of anemia, pleasant and obvious, and there are a few honest laughs to it.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    There's not much else for viewers to do but give themselves over to the whims of the bad-movie gods.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    The problem with the "Alien vs. Predator" series is that the humans keep getting in the way.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    This is one schlockfest that may be enjoyed more by casual viewers than by hard-core fans, since writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson breaks with the established mythology of both properties whenever he feels like it. Like it matters.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Despite all that onscreen turgidness, Anatomy of Hell is itself so much a matter of the mind that it never rises above theory.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Pureed, predictable conflation of ''Alien'' and ''Titanic'' and ''The Shining.''
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Reasonably painless if you've never seen a comedy about the travails of newlyweds.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    If you boil off dialogue, performance, narrative logic and grind a movie down to the nub of genre, will there be any suspense left? The answer is yes, but only in a Pavlovian sense. You react to this dull shockathon like a wired lab rat who's seen it all before. And guess what? You have.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    A pallidly "hip" revision of classic fairy tales that would be better told straight up if anyone had the nerve. It will divert small children, but so will a brightly colored object if you twirl it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The actor/walking disaster known as Charlie Sheen gives a perfectly credible performance here. It’s the rest of the film that tries your patience.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    There are two problems with A Good Day to Die Hard: It’s terribly filmed and nothing in it makes any sense.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    The saddest part is that "Deck" wastes four comic talents ranging from the near-genius (Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito) to the inspired (Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth ) to the charming (Kristin Davis of "Sex and the City").
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A comedy that can’t even admit to its own overwhelming sense of disgust.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    A black-dressing young intellectual of my acquaintance recently ascribed a "lazy generosity" to Garfield and his daily antics. If so, the movie gets the laziness but misses the generosity.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A dunderheaded comic melodrama with clothes to die for and dialogue to shrink from. It’s downright depressing.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A pleasant, thin, hammerlocked movie about the pleasures of breaking free - it's the Cliff Notes version of anarchic classics like ''Bringing Up Baby'' or ''What's Up, Doc?'' Should you want to take the graduate course, you'll find those films at your video store.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The movie is this year's "RV," a rolling tent show of suburban male anxieties: castration, obsolescence, dismissive offspring, fears of gayness. LOTS of fears of gayness. Unlike "RV," though, Wild Hogs is funny. Eventually.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    The Heart Is Deceitful wants to cauterize us into feeling something -- anything -- but it's far too heartless to know what.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The film’s so formulaic your 6-year-old will be ticking off the plot points as they lope by.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    This new Fog floats in on the fumes of the 1980 John Carpenter original, but the surprise is that it's arguably better.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    It's a remarkably laugh-free comedy that takes on a dark subject and skitters along its surface.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Musketeer's fight scenes are underlit, overmiked, and appallingly edited, with none of the spacious grace that even routine Asian action flicks get right. Worse, the narrative scenes make less sense.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    Who on earth is this embarrassment -- easily the worst film of the year to date -- aimed at?
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Is there a statute of limitations for how many good actors can be wasted in a bad movie?
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Eerily similar in its story line to "In the Cut," the much pasted Meg Ryan sex-and-death thriller that came out last year. Only it's worse.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    The accidental comedy sensation of the year to date.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    The results are dull, of all things. The movie itself feels like an overstuffed burrito,
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Pure Saturday matinee kiddie fodder and this close to going straight to DVD.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Slightly better than it should be. For Tucker Max, this possibly represents a triumph.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 16 Ty Burr
    It's nearly unwatchable, a farrago of confusing direction, stupid plot coincidences, and banal dialogue.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Worst of all, the movie's simply not very shocking. Madonna has made a career out of toying with image and ego, but this is a vanity project in the smallest sense possible.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The movie isn't THAT bad -- it's just made-for-TV historical treacle that has somehow found its way to the big screen (and barely that; if you want to be moved or outraged by the film, you'll have to travel to Danvers or Revere).
    • 25 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    For proof that some actresses can take on a misconceived role and get out alive, there's Huffman as Lilly.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Deeply, proudly average..."Mean Girls" it's not; a plastic butter knife has more edge. But sometimes it's nice to know your kids won't cut their fingers.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Harmless in the extreme and it'll mute your kids for nearly 80 minutes, but why not just treat the little yard apes to the real deal and take them to ''Spirited Away''?
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A chick flick that makes its chick characters - and by extension its chick audience - look like hateful, backward toddlers, and there is something wrong with that.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    A wan, derivative entry in the torture-porn cycle.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The result isn’t art but it is an improvement: a scurrilous, lowdown, sub-Tarantino action comedy that, unlike the original, doesn’t make you want to claw your eyes out. How’s that for praise?
    • 23 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    Vengeance has the odor of court-ordered community service. The jokes never rise above the groin. The trees look plastic, the characters more so.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Everything about Couples Retreat feels plastic, though: the jokes, the trees, the extras, the attitudes. It’s dumbed-down entertainment aimed at a dumbed-down audience - the comedy equivalent of a McMansion.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Bloody and bloody funny, and Jackson and Carlyle make the best salt-and-pepper team since Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte knocked heads in ''48 HRS., '' but ultimately the movie can't find a way out of its own dead end.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Silly, obvious, clumsy, and just gruesome enough to keep jaded genre fans from angrily throwing popcorn at the screen.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    Kranks is a feel-good movie in which every character is hateful (except, sigh, the cancer lady), and a Christmas movie too chickenhearted to mention Jesus.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    ''Health Inspector" hopes to do for Larry what ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" did for Jim Carrey, who in this context looks like Noel Coward.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Ty Burr
    A live-action film based on a line of dolls, it's pure marketing chum for tweeners: a proudly shallow, purposefully bland ode to girly-girl narcissism. I could actually feel my brain stem shrivel up as I watched it.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Ultimately, the problem with An American Carol is the problem with far too much political discourse in this country, left or right: It highlights the worst excesses of the opposition for the sole purpose of discrediting the vast middle.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    You come away with only the memory of Christie, the film's perfect California blonde, lying insensate on the beach in the final ravages of AIDS - a potent and frightening image the rest of The Informers can't live up to.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    The Last Airbender' is dreadful, an incomprehensible fantasy-action epic that makes the 2007 film "The Golden Compass,'' a similarly botched adaptation of a beloved property from another medium, look like a four-star classic.
    • Boston Globe
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    If the producers had dug up Ted Geisel's body and hung it from a tree, they couldn't have desecrated the man more.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
    Saved from total puff only by the obnoxiousness of its star, who seems to be laboring under the delusion that he's the next Eddie Murphy.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 Ty Burr
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    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The Covenant is dopey, formulaic stuff for the Friday night fright crowd. Worse for them, it's never remotely scary.
    • 18 Metascore
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    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
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    • 18 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The line between gross-out humor that's inspired and the kind that's witless is fine indeed, and Movie 43 obliterates it with poop and movie stars.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 0 Ty Burr
    This is first-degree cultural homicide.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Generic teen dice-and-slice with interior design by way of ''Saw." The movie's tight and reasonably well shot, though, and there are flashes of nasty invention between the ritual guttings.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 Ty Burr
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    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Consider this the sequel to "Ernest in the Army " that the late Jim Varney never got around to making. It's not very good but at least it's not evil.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    It's mostly harmless dum-dum stuff, though.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    An intensely unpleasant killer-thriller mystery.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Will parents be able to sit through Kangaroo Jack without plunging sharp sticks into their eyes? The short answer? Yes. Barely.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    House of the Dead, sadly, is so bad it's bad.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 33 Ty Burr
    Carpool is affably stupid Saturday-matinee fare -- good for opiating the kids for a few hours -- but let's just say it's no Big Bully.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Innocuous amusement for 5- to 8-year-olds and other people stuck in the anal stage of development.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    By far the funniest part of Strange Wilderness is the trailer for "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" that's running before it.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    A sex comedy that appears to have been made by people who've never actually had sex.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    You've seen dozens of movies like this on cable in the wee hours.
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    • 75 Ty Burr
    A bleakly allusive look at frozen lives, Curling is very much a specialty item - a movie that goes nowhere slowly.

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